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June 25, 2014

Records show 19 oil trains in Washington each week

  • BNSF Railway reported it moves as many as 13 oil trains through King County in a week.
  • By MATTHEW BROWN
    Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.

    The Associated Press obtained details on the shipments Tuesday under public records requests filed with state emergency officials. They offer the most detailed insights to date on the increasing volumes of crude being moved across North America by rail in the wake of a domestic shale oil boom.


     
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